When I started reading this book I was amazed of how well the author could capture the moments of solitude, and the feelings and emotions that accompany uncertainty. The main character's psychology, Lee, is also very well developed, of how he suffers loneliness and slowly realizes he might go crazy being trapped in a subterranean fort. When shit hits the fan the book takes on a very fast pace. The fast pace is very well balanced with persistent moments of introspection, where the main character is always weighing out the possibilities, the end result of his endeavors, and the possible changes his friends and survivors might have after being exposed to the horror they are facing. The action is very well described and you can clearly imagine every scene with the gory, gruesome violence displayed. Unlike other apocalyptic books involving the dead coming back to life, this book eludes death as the cause of disaster and blames a bacteria, FURY, which infects the brain and drives the host primal and very, very aggressive. Loss of bowel, sphincter, thought, and pretty much every single function in the body renders the infected fearsome, nasty, and very contaminating. Another interesting fact about the infected is their behavior as hunters (something you'll have to find out by yourself!), something that freaked me out from time to time. I literally had to put the Kindle down, cast a glance sideways, just to make sure I was still in my own comfortable non-apocalyptic world.
By 3/4 of the book, the breathtaking ability of the author to capture moments is diluted in the action, since it's so fast paced, you lose grip on that initial amazing feel of the moment being scrutinized. It ends with drama and you are intensely lured to keep on reading the next book of the series.
One thing I really enjoyed about this read was how the author explained the usage and the properties of weapons. It's always nice to learn something new. When authors manage to teach you about any craft through their main character, staying focused in the action and well embedded into the plot, it makes the book much more memorable. Five stars for D.J. Molles.